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Incandescent light bulb ban

September 24, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

The start of the ban is almost here in the US.  It starts on Jan 1 2012 with a ban on 100 watt bulbs.  Then 75 watt bulbs on 1 Jan 2013 followed by 60 and 40 watt bulbs on Jan 1 2014.  Specialty bulbs are exempt though.  Light bulb manufacturers are coming up with alternatives but they are getting mixed reviews.  Personally, I’m going to stock up a little bit and hope that LED bulbs drop in price to a reasonable level soon.

Here is a link to the Wikipedia page

And a link to the government FAQ

And before someone starts flaming me; I do use CFL bulbs in some parts of my house, but in certain areas I want instant light.

  1. October 12, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    I kind of have mixed feelings too. Some of the new LED technology looks pretty good, but i’m going to stick with Halogens to keep the warm look of an incandescent.

  2. January 29, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Congress overturned the ban last month.

  3. Matt Reagan
    January 31, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    Gerald, unfortunately Congress didn’t overturn the ban, they just cut all funding to enforce that particular law. This leaves manufacturers in a stick situation because they are still required to follow a ridiculous law that they can’t get in trouble for breaking. My guess is that they will continue to follow the law because of the way the EPA and DOE have been issuing fines to companies for obscure laws that nobody even knew existed. If you’re interested, here’s more info about the recent light bulb legislation.

  4. lighthouse
    February 5, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    The law is pretty odd – really based on brightness lumens rather than energy usage watts
    So bright 75 Watt light bulbs are banned – dim 75w bulbs not.
    Similarly dimmer long life sub 1490 lumen 100W bulbs are not banned – only regular bright ones.

    Somewhat dim energy policy overall:
    While individuals can save in some more frequently used bulbs, society saves a fraction of 1% in overall energy use, c 1% in grid consumption (Dept Energy stats and surveys, referenced, http://ceolas.net/#li171x )

    RE Matt Reagan –
    The much touted Halogen incancdescent replacements also banned after 2014 in EISA phase 2 with 45 lumen per W end regulation mandate.
    Besides, the incandescent replacements are different in light quality etc, and cost much more for marginal savings, so are unpopular with both consumers and politicians.

    The deception behind banning light bulbs:

  1. November 24, 2013 at 3:45 PM

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